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Condemned Houses: What They Are & What Happens to Them

Jaden Ghylin
Jaden Ghylin

Jaden has been working in real estate since 2005. Jaden has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a talent for helping people work through all sorts of difficult problems — and his passion is real estate. Jaden’s priority is understanding his clients’ unique situations and working together to find win-win real estate solutions that benefit his clients.

You’ve heard the term “condemned house” before. But exactly does it mean? Has the house been condemned to death, and will be torn down with a new one built in its place? Has it been determined unlivable and the occupants must leave the home? Who determines that?

We’re going to answer those questions and more in this post. Keep reading to find out what a condemned house is and once labeled “condemned,” what happens to them.

What is a Condemned House?

When a government entity concludes that a home is no longer safe or fit to live it, a home is considered condemned. What this means is that the inhabitants of the home have consistently shown they are unable to maintain a healthy environment within the home, usually in the form of housing code violations. When you think of a condemned home, images of worn-down homes that are falling apart from the inside out comes to mind. However, a condemned home can look like a normal, well-maintained home on the outside, but there may be interior threats that are not visible from the outside.

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For example, black mold, extensive termite damage, and infrastructure failure can all condemn a home. When a home is condemned, the government may simply seize the property.

A perfectly fine home can even be condemned. There are laws in place in which public authorities can use what is called “eminent domain,” where a government can seize property, even if it is on private land, based on the property’s location. You may have seen on the news or read about the controversy behind this law, which is used when creating public projects, like a highway.

If a home is claimed under the eminent domain law, the owner of the home will receive an offer based on the appraised value of the property, to which the owner can then accept or decline. If they decline, they have to submit their own appraisal for the property, and the situation may be taken to court.

Can the Owner of a Condemned Home Fix the House?

They sure can! But it can be pretty difficult to do so depending on the severity of the home’s condition. Many counties will allow the owner to negotiate a repair agreement and once they make the necessary repairs, they will need to pass an inspection. If they pass the inspection, they may be able to reverse the condemned status of their home.

What Happens to a Condemned House?

When it comes to the fate of a condemned house, it may either be destroyed or as previously mentioned, restored and made livable once more. However, the owner of a condemned home can also possibly sell the home, although this is difficult to do as most home buyers are looking for a move in ready property. However, even offering the home at an extreme discount may not lead to any sales.

Another option is to work with Minnesota Home Guys when selling a condemned home. We’ll work with you to find a fair price for your home, and we’ll take the property off your hands no matter what the condition is, as long as it meets a few simple requirements.

When you sell your home to the Minnesota Home Guys, you can avoid the commissions and fees you’ll get when selling with an agent. You’ll get cash fast for your home and you can leave all the troubles of your condemned home behind you after the sale as we take it from there.

Give us a call today (952-649-3200) or send us a message through our online contact form and tell us about your home and your situation and we’ll get back to you soon on how we can help!

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Jaden Ghylin
Jaden Ghylin

Jaden has been working in real estate since 2005. Jaden has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a talent for helping people work through all sorts of difficult problems — and his passion is real estate. Jaden’s priority is understanding his clients’ unique situations and working together to find win-win real estate solutions that benefit his clients.